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later today on " good morning, america. i'm george stephanopoulos. >> and i'm robin roberts. it is friday, october 1st. and this morning, almost two feet of rain, now in some parts of the east coast. at least five dead. heavy downpours and high winds are snarling commutes in the northeast. sam is in the flood zone for us. heading home. president obama's chf of staff leaves the white house to run for mayor of chicago. who is the new, quiet man in the hot seat? new postings online from that rutgers student who committed suicide, reveals he knew his roommate was spying on relationships with other men. this morning, we hear his urgent pleas for help.
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hat trick. this man survives six days in the baking california desert. no food or water in 100-degree heat. but the messages he wrote on his hiking hat kept his hope alive. hello, everyone. what an amazing story that is out of california. the man takes a wrong turn. think it's going to be a few-hour hike. six days in the desert. >> yeah. and from record heat to the record rain we're having. >> big-time out here. >> all up and down the east coast. record-setting rain. some areas received 22 inches. it's not over. philadelphia and new york, still in the thick of it right now. thousands along the east coast are without power this morning. sam says there could be more rain to come. and we'll get to all that in just a moment. look at that. like a river. >> a lot of flooding. and big changes coming at the white house today.
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the first reported earlier this week, the president chief of staff, rahm emanuel, will head home to chicago. already running hard to replace richard daley there as mayor. this is one of many departures from the obama white house. the president in the middle of a major midterm shakeup. what it all means, ahead. and big medical news this morning. one in ten americans suffer from depression. dr. richard besser will have the new guidelines on treating it. they are just out this morning, the guidelines. we're going to begin with the massive storm drenching the east coast right now. severe downpours, flash floods snarling the morning commutes here. david muir is right outside in times square. good morning, david. >> reporter: good morning to you, robin and george. it's really been something the last couple of hours. these are the remnants of nicole moving through northeast. it will be a treacherous northeast commute in the new england corridor. look at pictures coming in from newark, new jersey, this morning. you can see them pushing that
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jeep, through the water. that's the scene. you go to live pictures now from wabc. you can see the water is right up to the tires of many of the cars in newark, new jersey. we're told no one's been hurt there. but you can see, almost to a stand still there. and those that know the new york city area. look at the george washington bridge. that is the traffic this morning. and that picture is going to be playing out all through the northeast here this morning, as nicole makes her mark. the remnants now moving through the northeast. robin and george, i'm glad my commute's back a half-block into the studio here. >> what a way to ring in october. david, thank you. how much rain can we expect? and when will it stop? sam champion covering it all in norfolk, virginia. good morning, sam. >> certainly out of here by the weekend, robin. and nine states have set rainfall totals. it's probably up to a dozen now. we have 29 rivers at major flood.
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about nine states, as well. this has been a big, tropical event. even if it didn't have a tropical name, it has all the hits. north carolina is soaked. nearly two feet of rain in the last five days. in jacksonville, north carolina, alone, 12 inches of rain in just 6 hours. nearly a quarter of its annual rainfall. in wilmington, 22 1/2 inches of rain since sunday. that's four months of rain in four days. breaking a rainfall record previously set 140 years ago. this tropical torrent is responsible for at least five deaths, caused by car accidents. one family's suv hydroplaned off a rain-slicked road. all passengers inside were killed, except for a 1-year-old boy. >> you can see what 21 inches of rain does. the soil just can't handle the runoff. >> the rain continues to pour down. it's also continuing to wash out roads. >> reporter: in cities like raleigh, police are going door-to-door, warning people to prepare to evacuate if the waters rise much higher. all over the east coast, it
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seems like this. in washington, d.c., where commuters were caught in a flash flood during rush hour. >> the water was coming so fast. >> reporter: trees down, sparking power lines. and in silver spring, maryland, two commuter buses collide, injuring 26 people onboard. in burrbin, pennsylvania, powerful winds knock a tree right on to a school bus. the two passengers inside had to wait for the lines to be cut before they could be rescued. and 40-mile-per-hour to 60-mile-per-hour, also knocked tree branches on to the amtrak lines, delaying service from boston to new york. almost three inches in syracuse, new york, flooding buildings and basements. let's show you the rivers that are still going to be flooding over the next 24, 36 hours. even if this rain pulls away by the weekend. there's 29 rivers in 9 states. this is at least to have the high water for 24 hours after the rain leaves the area. george? >> the entire east coast.
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thanks, sam. now, to the major change at the white house. the president will announce later this morning that his chief of staff, rahm emanuel, is heading home to run for mayor of chicago. emanuel, a famously hard-charging and high-profile member of congress, will be replaced, at least for now, by a far quieter but equally close obama aid, pete rouse, known on capitol hill as the 101st senator. jake tapper is live at the white house. on the surface, these two men cannot be more different. >> reporter: that's right. it's like s.a.t. prep here. rahm was -- rouse, more low-profile behind the scenes. both men are praised for being good strategists and more low-profile. rouse, more of a manager in the traditional chief of staff mold. >> one of the things he'll have to do is plan many series of changes at the white house. this is one of only many changes. let's look at the political in
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communications. david plouffe, the campaign manager in 2008, he'll be coming back into the white house. some time next spring, david axelrod will go back to chicago to work on the next re-election campaign. also talk that robert gibbs, the press secretary may be shifted to more of an adviser role. these are major. >> reporter: big changes. plouffe coming onboard. this is somebody the president has a lot of faith in. has a lot of trust in. he ran the campaign in 2008. axelrod, expected to leave late spring. that's not unexpected. of course, he'll work on the campaign. gibbs still has not talked to the president about what is next for him. he may stay at the podium. that's a good job. the question is whether or not there will be a portfolio for him as a senior adviser that would tempt him to leave the podium. >> two, big policy jobs to fill. >> reporter: that's right. larry summers, the director of
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the economic council, leaving at the end of the year. as far as i can tell, they haven't done interviews to replace him yet. pete rouse will head that job, looking for larry summers' replacement on the economic council. and general jim jones, the national security adviser. before the midterms, the white house is expected to announce that he is leaving. sometime after the midterms. and that is a big position to feel, national security adviser at the white house. >> to be replaced by his deputy, tom donilon. the controversy shaking up the california's race. the lawyer for whitman's former housekeeper promised here on "gma" yesterday, that she would produce a document that she says proves that whitman knew her maid was in the country illegally. and she did produce that letter in the press conference yesterday. but whitman says she never saw the letter. and is willing to take a lie detector test to prove it. david wright is in los angeles with the latest. david? >> reporter: good morning, george.
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this is the story that won't seem to go away for meg whitman. a major distraction for her campaign, as this race heads into the final month. at a morning news conference in santa monica, meg whitman was peppered with questions. >> why didn't you turn her into law enforcement? >> reporter: about her former nanny's immigration status. >> are you suggesting that she may have intercepted the letter. >> reporter: whether she had any inkling nicky diaz was an illegal immigrant. >> neither my husband or i received a letter from the social security administration. if there is a letter out there, i don't know how they got it. >> reporter: from day one, whitman has denied federal officials ever notified her that the social security number diaz provided was a fake. >> we never received those letters. when we hired nicky, we used an employment agency. >> today, i am distributing to the press, the letter that meg whitman denies that she and her husband received. >> reporter: then, at lunchtime, attorney gloria allred produced what she says is the smoking gun.
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a letter from the social security administration, dated april 22nd, 2003. >> please look at the bottom of the letter. on it, dr. harsh has written, please look at this. >> it's possible that that's dr. harsh's handwriting. >> reporter: they want to examine the original before conceding any grounds. politically, the notion that whitman may have suspected the nanny for six years, but employed her anyway, could be damaging. >> if that's the story that takes over, then, she's got a real problem. then, we have hypocrisy. it looks like the only reason she took those steps because was she, in 2009, she expected to run for office. >> reporter: whitman has denounced all of the allegations as a baseless smear. but the polls show this race is now in a dead-heat. and the controversy itself could hurt her, especially among
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latino voters. george? >> david wright, thanks very much. now, let's get the rest of the news. sharyn alfonsi in for juju. >> good morning. we're going to begin with breaking news. reports of a new message from osama bin laden. on a just-released audiotape, bin laden criticizes governments in muslim countries for spending more on their armies than citizens. the other breaking story this morning is also in pakistan. overnight, militants set fire to a convoy of nato fuel tankers. it comes one day after pakistan closed a key afghan border crossing used by coalition forces for retaliation of air strikes. a stunning admission from johnson & johnson, after a secret recall of effective painkillers. company executives confessed they hired people to buy up mottles of potentially contaminated motrin last year, rather than issue a formal recall. lawmakers accused the drugmaker
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of purposely misleading consumers. and in italy, the american student convicted of killing her roommate has returned to court. this time, for a different case. she's facing slander charges. our nick watt is following the story from london. nick? >> reporter: sharyn, as you say, this morning, amanda knox was back before a judge. this time, charged with slander because she claimed that police officers slapped her around the head during an interrogation immediately following her arrest. the trip to court was the first time knox has left her crowded prison in months. >> it's three years. it's horrible. >> the naivete that she went over there with is gone. >> reporter: knox, her boyfriend, and another man were convicted last year of the sexual assault and murder of knox's roommate. she was sentenced to 26 years behind bars. inside, it's been a slow, hot summer. she cut off her hair to deal with the heat. >> it's hard to sit there, knowing you're innocent.
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>> she is singing in a choir. and will be part of a christmas celebration. >> reporter: when doctors offered her tranquilizers. >> amanda has refused to take any pills from them. >> reporter: there's now a flood of books by lawyers, fellow inmates and journalists about the young, jailed american. this morning, the author of "a mighty heart" was at the courthouse. he's planning to take knox's story to the big screen. >> people are writing about her. and none of them know her. >> reporter: "heroes" star, hayden pantier will play her in an upcoming movie on a&e. the next chapter in the legal drama surrounding amanda knox, will be the launch of her appeal on november 24th. the crux of that appeal, that the dna evidence against her, sharyn, just does not stock up. >> thank you. nick watt in london. something you probably have
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never seen before. wildlife photographers spotted this pink hippo in kenya, next to its mother. the hippo is like any other. it doesn't have skin pigmentation. and no worries about sunburn. it has sweat that acts like sunscreen. built-in spf. we should all have that. >> would make life a lot easier. time, now, for weather again. let's get back to norfolk, virginia, and sam. >> good morning, robin. good morning, george. that new york city area rain, one to two inches an hour. two, solid hours of rain moved through that area. that's the reason for all that flooding. that rain clears. boston's in the way of that, as well. so is hartford, going to get rain like that in the next couple of hours. expected rainfall will be two to three inches of additional rain in the new england states. and we're not done with the wind yet nor the flood watches. flooding will be up for at least 24 hours after the rain leaves
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your area. this is more like flash flooding than it is anything else. but there will be river flooding involved, as well. the outlook, we'll show you the middle of the country. all appears to be good shape. all the rain has finally moved out of the area and pushing toward new york city and boston + a little bit of clearing across southwestern virginia, southwestern virginia and we will have peaks of sunshine later today. temperatures will be around 68-
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73 and wind gusts up to 25-30 miles per hour and tonight quiet and dry. tomorrow, looking absolutely wonderful. 65-70 all of america's weather in the next half hour. george? robin? >> no. he said george. all right, sam. thank you. two, just released reports on depression are making news this morning. new numbers from the cdc reveal that 9% of adults are currently suffering from depression. and we're also learning that for the first time in ten years, the american psychiatric association has updated its guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of depression. our dr. richard besser is here to tell us what this all means. nearly one in nine, a lot of people will find that surprising. >> it's much more common than many people thought. it's even higher in women and people who have never been
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married. and in blacks and latinos. it's not a problem we should ignore. it's something we need to focus in on. >> let's start talking about the new treatments. exercise is a new recommendation. >> there's been a growing body of evidence that exercise can really help. we know that when we exercise, we feel better. our mood improves. >> the enforfins? >> it's partially the endorphins. your brain may restructure as you exercise over time. in the new recommendations, for the first time, the psychiatric association is saying, that for mild depression, moderate depression, exercise should be part of the treatment. >> any other treatment guidelines along with that? >> yeah. they have a number of new guidelines that are out. since they first came out with their last guidelines ten years ago, there's a lot of new medications. they go through all the new drugs and talk about how to use those. they have a section on electroconvulsive therapy, shock therapy.
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in people that fail multiple medications, there's data that shock therapy can be helpful. then, they talk about maintenance there. you don't want to treat someone until they start to feel better. you need to treat them for another six months to make sure their depression is under control. >> shock therapy, there's -- >> it's gone through a lot of ups and downs, and ins and outs, in terms of popularity. but the data has grown that for many people, that can be so life-changing. >> and this is crucial here, rich. new recommendations for diagnosis. >> yeah. it's been kind of loosey goosey, in how do you diagnosis someone with depression? so, there's a real call for using checklists, for using rating scales. so, when you're trying to put someone through therapy, you can track them over time and really see, are each of their symptoms improving? and that will be very helpful. if you're just trying a drug and you're not documenting that, you're not checking to see if your therapies work, you're really not going to know what
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worked best for that patient. a critical part of this is everyone who has depression has to be in a therapeutic relationship. they have to be with a provider, who they can relate to, who they can talk to. because that, as much as all of these drug treatments that we're talking about, is going to be a key to success. >> as we've seen in recent advertisements about it, it doesn't just affect the person, but the family, as well. >> it does. it affects, you know, the spouse. it affects the children. it affects the friends. and so, this is absolutely key that we focus in on this. >> new guidelines. rich, thanks very much. talking about the amazing survival story. a 64-year-old man missing for almost a week is safe, after a miracle rescue in one of america's most iconic national parks. a hiker took a wrong turn back to his car. and ended up stranded without food or water. mike von fremd has the remarkable story. it turns out the messages he wrote on his hat kept him going? >> reporter: yes, they sure did,
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george. he poured out his heart on those messages on his hat. edward rosenthal is still in intensive care, receiving i.v. fluids here in this emergency room. his family is by his side. saying he's in good spirits and lucky to be arrive. the 64 real estate agent had just closed a deal on a los angeles landmark, cliffton's cafeteria. and decided to celebrate, by taking what he thought would be an afternoon hike in the desert. >> he wanted to go to his favorite place. and he didn't want me to bother him while he was gone. >> reporter: for six, terrifying days, he had the scorching joshua tree national park all to himself. search teams on horseback and helicopters did not expect to find him alive. rosenthal is an experienced hiker, who got lost, taking a wrong turn into hell. it was 110 degrees. and he was out of food and water. >> i had to just pick him up and carry him into the helicopter. put him in the backseat. he couldn't stand to walk on his own at all. >> reporter: his wife found his last will and testament, on the
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only thing her husband had to write on. >> he chronicled every day. when he ran out of water and everything. he put it all on his hat. >> reporter: even saying good-bye to his family on this hat. >> he want to tell me that he loved us. he wanted us to know. and he said, you know, i don't think i'm going to make it. i'm not going to make it out of here. i made a wrong turn and don't have enough water. >> reporter: remarkably, he did. and his daughter says, her dad, recovering in a hospital, now looking better than ever. >> really tan and thin. >> reporter: now, doctors say rosenthal is expected to make a full recovery. his wife says, there will be no more hat tricks in this family. and that the next time he goes for a walk, he has to take a friend. george and robin? >> he did get that tan. >> yeah. the will to live. thanks, mike. coming up, new developments in the suicide of a college student at rutgers whose personal life was secretly broadcast online. new clues about how long his
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>> live and in hd, this is an abc 7 news update. >> and good morning once again. 7:26 is your time and it is friday the first day of october. let's begin by telling you that
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same mary's county schools will be closed today because of the weather. we will check on the morning commute with lisa baden. vre is the big problem and will get to that story in a moment with several disruptions on mass transit but brunswick line trains are averaging 50 minutes late. you will find things drying out. there are some damp spots as far as interstate travel. 95 is moving better in virginia. let's check with steve rudin in the weather center. and good news ahead for friday -- the heavy rain has finally moved out of the area and we are looking at clearing across central virginia, a southwestern virginia, even expecting sunshine by midday. winds will kick up out of the north at 15-20 miles per hour.
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48-55 for an overnight low and partly cloudy skies and tomorrow is looking absolutely great, a 65-70 degrees with wins out of the number 5-10 miles per hour and a chance of showers late tomorrow night. an update on vre after this. some virginia railway express riders will have to find another way to get to work today. all manassas line trains have been cancelled today because of problems with low power lines over the tracks in alexandria. fredericksburg trains are experiencing delays which should clear out sen. we'll be back with another update at 7:56. for continuous news coverage, tune in to tbd news on news channel 8.
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you are looking at a live shot of newark, new jersey. just one of the places hit so hard on the east coast this morning. heavy rain, flood warnings, howling wind gusts, up and down the coast. some parts will see more than a foot of rain. commutes are at a stand still across this metropolitan area and others on the coast. five people have died. at least five people have died because of rain-slicked roadways. sam will have more on that in a moment. i'm george stephanopoulos. >> i'm robin roberts. there's a fly on my nose. there we go. also this morning -- the fly's like, i'm coming inside. we have a preview on diane sawyer's special on islam in america.
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the religion has stirred up lots of passion over the last few months. a lot of discussion. and diane, good enough to be with us this morning. and for part of her very revealing report, on a look at what moderate muslims think about the radical members of their faith. and later in our series, so there you are. the infomercial queen, who made "stop the insanity" a national catchpha catchphrase. you'll not believe who susan powter is doing now. tyler clementi committed suicide after being harassed by two of his students online. is clemente the victim of a cyber hate crime? prosecutors are considering bringing those charges against the students already accused of invading clementi's privacy. linsey davis is has the latest. >> reporter: hi, george. some of the networking sites that his roommate tried to use
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to expose him, people are using to find out more information about tyler clementi. especially what was on his mind in the days and hours that led up to his suicide. the investigation into what happened inside this rutgers university dormitory is quickly shifting to why it happened. this morning, prosecutors are considering ratcheting up the charges against dharun ravi and his friend, molly wei, making it a crime to invade someone's privacy because of sexual orientation. at issue, whether or not ravi's decision to stream video of tyler clementi was a harmless prank or something deeper. ravi reportedly posted on twitter before he started, quote, found out my roommate is gay. and posted a link to a profile where clementi went by cit2mo on a website. the postings on a website, appear to be clementi, discussing his spying roommate. he wrote, come on, he was spying
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on me. do they see nothing wrong with this? he goes on to describe, wanting to change roommates. going as far as filling out a roommate change request form. on the same website, he said he asked the roommate if he could have the room alone so he could have him over again. but when i got back to the room, i instantly noticed he had turned the web cam toward my bed. friends of ravi and wei, said this was not a homophobic hate crime. they say both students had gay friends. new jersey governor, chris christie, called it an unspeakable tragedy. >> i don't know how those two folks are going to sleep at night, knowing they contributed to driving that young man to that alternative. >> reporter: at rutgers, one silent protest this week looked like this. they called it a die-in. on other college campuses, students were more vocal. >> there's a lot of gay students, lbt students. they don't get recognized.
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their issues are not addressed. >> they should set, make sure roommates are okay living with each other. >> reporter: but for those who knew clementi, the loss is far more personal. >> one of the nicest people i've ever met in my life. and one of the most talented people i've ever met. nothing we can do about it. he's gone. >> reporter: and just a little more insight here. another one of cit2mo's postings said, revenge never ends well for me. as long as i would like to pour pink paint over his stuff, that would just let him win. george? >> linsey, thanks. as one observer said, this is cyber bullying on steroids. now, time for the weather. let's go back to sam champion in virgin virginia. hey, sam. >> good morning, george. we're going to talk about the three-day dry air pattern that gets into the northeast as the storm departs. the idea is to get the tropical moisture wrapped up with this low out of the way, by the time we get into the weekend. and cooler air behind it.
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let's get to the maps. we'll show you exactly what's going on. with the cooler, three-day temperatures -- oh, wow. i'm sorry. i completely forgot the live shot in newark. i completely forgot that, yeah. one or two inches of rain per hour coming into newark. and about two inches of rain. all of this water doesn't have any place to go. but drain right into those areas. and it's going to cause an awful lot of slowdown through the newark area, through the new york city area, as we go through the morning. now, in comes the drier air. we're looking at these temperatures. these are cooler temperatures that work in the next couple of days. high temperatures in the 60s. low temperatures in the 40s. on the gradual clear expected later this afternoon and cool and breezy. wind gusts 25-30 miles per hour. upper 40's tonight and mid-50's tomorr
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all that weather was brought to you by american express open. robin? >> sam, thank you. islam has been stirring some very strong feelings, as you know, in this country in the past few months. but polls show the majority of americans know very little about the religion or about american-muslims. diane -- diane sawyer, excuse me. has been going beneath the surface and looking for answers about islam. >> i need a name tag. >> you'll always be diane to me. grateful i didn't call you thelma. this is a very special series. and you elicited questions from your audience. >> we got questions from viewers. questions from americans. and you said it exactly right. we've discovered that one of third of people in america know someone who is muslim. and very few people know the central thing, what is islam? what do they believe?
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we're going to do two things tonight. we're going to have simple, searching questions about what islam really is. and then, ask those other questions about, is there something, something that, in any way, in any way, makes violence an alternative in the islam religion? really? and we'll explore that. we'll explore women, tonight. and then, this other question, you and i were talking about, we get all the time. why don't mainstream muslims take to the streets and declare themselves completely in opposition all the time to what's going on overseas? and of course, there's so many interesting facets to this. i have a clip of somebody asking just that question. >> okay. >> hi. my name's roy stoner. i'm from chesapeake, virginia. >> reporter: roy stoner, who has a son serving his third combat tour in afghanistan, asks,here are the moderate muslims in the world? especially in america? >> is there something in the
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islamic religion that keeps muslims from speaking out or demonstrating publicly, against the radical muslims that we are fighting? >> reporter: he wants to know why they don't speak up more. >> i think this would be very important to the american people and to our troops, to know that there are people of the islamic religion that support us. >> reporter: we keep saying, where are the moderate voices saying stop? stop, we will rise up, 1 billion strong. and say you have to stop this. where are the billion moderates? >> they're everywhere. they really are. in many of these countries, your average citizen, your average muslim citizen, may not have the freedom of speech. or may not have the constitutional rights that we enjoy here as muslims. it's time we build muslims institutions that embrace the american values that we so
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value, democracy, freedom of speech and diversity. >> reporter: there are 1,900 mosques peacefully near churches and synagogues. a new one being built in my hometown, louisville. the construction led by a physician. >> we need to give back. >> reporter: have you experienced any of the recent anxiety-producing reaction? >> not really. >> reporter: and american-muslims told us over and over again, how much they want their neighbors to know, they're devoted to this country, too. don't you -- it's almost as if you say, why not have a million man march on washington? the moderate muslims. >> that would be a fabulous idea. >> we'll tell you a lot more about that. fascinating, very candid answers from a whole group of people in this country. >> that is the number one country from americans about moderate muslims. i supposed to a man of muslim-american.
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he said that muslims don't consider those who do the heinous acts as being muslims. they should be labeled extremists and not muslims. >> right. and they don't want to keep defining themselves by having to defend those people that they consider terrorists, the way we do. >> what else will you be discussing tonight? >> we're going to look at the whole issue of women. what the veil means and what it doesn't mean right now in islamic culture. and also, as i say, just some questions about what is islam? we decided to do it almost as a sunday school story. and have some kids tell you what islam is, as they learn it, growing up, which we thought maybe would be the way for all of us to learn a lot more. i didn't know a lot of things. for instance, how much the mother mary features in the koran. >> the kiddie cabinet coming through again. you've been spending a lot of time in louisville. it's dear to you. and see it's going well in
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building. >> and across the country, we hear about the protests. we hear about the vandalism. we don't hear about the other places where there is peaceful community. >> all right. you cover it all. so good to see you, diane. >> so good to see you. >> have a great weekend. you can see more on a special edition of "20/20," with diane reporting, "islam, questions & answers." and sunday on "this week," with a special townhall meeting around islam in america. coming up here on "gma," health insurance for your family. dr. besser will be back and shows us how to find the best pen benefits for the best price. and launched we create and broadcast content and then distribute it across tv, the web, and via mobile. i even use the web to get paid. with acceptpay from american express open, we now invoice advertisers and receive payments digitally. and i get paid on average three weeks faster. booming is never looking for a check in the mail.
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we go to our smart screen for what the key information is. 47 million uninsured. 58% find difficult to find affordable coverage. we bring back our dr. richard besser. starting at this website, a few basic things people need to answer. >> one of the hardest things to do is to find health insurance. new website,, helps people navigate the insurance world. you come to the website. you see find insurance options. you click on that. we put in some of the information. say you're a family living in iowa. a family of four. they ask you a few questions. what best fits your situation? here, we click that our family's losing health insurance through work. very important issue for many people. my age, between 26-64. i'm the primary bread-winner. and you click all things that apply to your family. someone in the family has a health problem. someone else may be progress.
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you can select that and help pick the plan you need. and how many people are complaining about the difficulty of affording health care? >> and when you continue on, there's so many different options available, both public and private. >> that's right. it's pretty impressive. if you look at your next screen, you have your choice. your spouse may have a job-associated health plan that you can select. you may have lost work and have a c.o.b.r.a. coverage. down here, say you have a child that has autism or cerebral palsy. you can click here for plans with pre-existing conditions. let's look at one of the exciting things. as of last week, you cannot be denied care if your child has a pre-existing condition. very exciting. let's look at health insurance plans for individuals and families. you click on that. >> wait, wait. the fictional family that you put in, 83 options they have? >> 83. you ask most people, they think they have one, two, three option where's they live. 83 options to choose from. that's pretty hard to negotiate.
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how do you choose between the 83 options? what we've done. we've selected a few plans. we clicked on that plan to compare. we clicked on another one here. let's click on this one here, to compare that one, too. and let's see what information we get. and here, it gives you side- by-side comparisons of the three plans. first thing you can look at, the cost per month. it tells you what your monthly premium estimate is going to be. most people, that's one of the primary things people look at. >> how accurate is it going to be? that's the thing. >> that's important. this tells you what percentage of people had to pay more. this group, it was 46%. down here, critical number. how many were denied care altogether? >> you look at this plan, rich. and it says 54% who applied were turned down. >> once you get this, you need to call the plans and check your information. it's a great starting point. it went live today, all across america. >> all up and running. >> that's right. >> there's going to be bugs in
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>> live and in hd, this is an abc 7 news update. >> 7:56 is your thomas friday, october 1. i am alison starling with your local update. st. mary's county schools will be closed today. let's check the roads and the rails. we have damage to the ramp from the 11th street bridge to head on into the westbound freeway because of the water. one blade is getting by and that is causing a delay on 295 out of oxon hill.
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that is the navy yard exit. because of possible flooding between germantown and washington on marc rail, they are averaging about 15 minutes late and the vre has canceled manassas trains because of bloat wires -- because of low wires and fredericksburg trains are averaging 50 minutes late. delays are on 29 un damp pavement. we have a few scattered showers outside that they will quickly dissipate. the core of the rain is moving toward the north and east. there is sunshine on the way later today. 68-73 degrees today, when gusts and upper 40's tonight with partly cloudy skies and tomorrow looks good with daytime highs around 65-70 degrees. maryland's new cell phone
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law will take place today. it is now illegal to talk and yourself on without using a hands free device. violators face stiff fines and possible relocation of their license. police can only take you at a stop before a different traffic violation. will we back with another update at 8:27. will we back with another update at 8:27.
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problem until we started to look into the trend. >> exactly. also, we have our "there you are series" continues today. susan powter, the woman who made stop the insanity a national rallying cry. now, she is living a different life in a very different place. we'll take a closer look coming up. >> so, there you are. >> i am figuring out how to say that. also, emmy actress, sally field. one of our faves. she'll be there. we'll look at the new season of "brothers & sisters." sharyn alfonsi has the news for us. >> good morning. we're going to start overseas. the rocky relationship between the u.s. and pakistan has taken another hit this morning. overnight, militants attacked a convoy of nato fuel tankers, setting more than two dozen of them on fire. yesterday, pakistan closed a keyboarder crossing into afghanistan, retaliation for helicopter strikes. today, president obama is
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saying good-bye to his hard-charging right-hand man, chief of staff, rahm emanuel. he's resigning to run for mayor of chicago. another obama trusted adviser, pete rouse, will be chief of staff, serving for now, an on interim basis. in seattle, a second infant has died after a medication error. the newborn died after the staff administered drugs without the doctor's approval. months ago, an 8-month-old died after being given ten-times the prescribed medication. the search is intensifying this morning for two, american hot air balloonists who disappeared in the skies over europe. our clayton sandell has the latest on the search. >> reporter: more than 48 hours after they vanished, there's no sign of balloonist carol rymer davis and her co-pilot, richard abruzzo. abruzzo was all-smiles when they started the race saturday in britain. but high over the adriatic sea, their balloon hit thunderstorms.
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wednesday all morning, contact was lost. >> there's been no beacon signal. >> reporter: no signal from radio or satellite phones they carried onboard. the duo had survival suits and rafts. but search teams from three countries have found nothing. davis is a radiologist here in denver. she and abruzzo have been flying balloons since the '70s. before they took off, both appeared in good spirits. >> we're feeling good. rested and prepared. >> reporter: veteran pilots with hundreds of hours of experience flying over water. >> going to be a question of timing. getting to italy during the day. didn't fly into italy at night. that will be a very important part of the strategy. >> reporter: friends say these two pilots have the right stuff. >> they know what they're doing. and we have every confidence that they'll be back. >> reporter: and if anyone can make it, they can. clayton sandell, abc news, denver. some good news about jobs this morning. even though it's temporary. months of sales gains have several, big retail chains in
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the hiring mood for the holiday season. macy's, toys "r" us, pier one, and american eagle outfitters say they plan to hire more temporary workers this year than last. and now, diane sawyer is here this morning, with a preview of what's ahead tonight on "world news." good morning, diane. >> sharyn, as you well know, we've all been going back home on "world news," taking you back to our hometowns to see what is working to create jobs in america. and tonight, the viewers speak. we have a lot of great suggestions from your hometown. and we're going to south carolina because i understand lipstick has something to do with reviving the economy, sharyn? >> yes. we believe in the power of lipstick in georgetown, south carolina. and finally, it's october 1st. what's hot for halloween this year? here are the top searches for google. hide your hair jell and self-tanner. the jersey shore crew will be going to a lot of halloween
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parties. lady gaga and singer katy perry will be behind close behind. you can expect costumes related to "glee," "avatar," toy story" and "twilight." we have sam, the situation, champion, in norfolk. how are you doing, sam? >> not unless there's a painted ab thing, sharyn. i love you for that. let's start. we've been talking an awful lot about the flooding going on on the east coast. we have record flooding still in the midwest. the mississippi river around st. paul. this may be the highest crest ever in that area. so, something we want to watch for this weekend long. it's normally a dry time, september, in that area. but it was not. we're looking at some flooding. there will probably be -- again, the eighth-highest crest ever in the st. paul area. this is going to be a tough situation of flooding in that area. when we look at the cooler air
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behind that, we're looking at temperatures that will probably get the hard freeze 20s in this region. by the time that moves to the eastern seaboard, it's lows in the 40s and highs in the 60s, directly following that area. by the way, the wind profile here, before the system pulls out of the way, the wind could be just as tough as the rain. we have some 50-mile-per-hour to 60-mile-per-hour wind gusts that are going to hit the area in portland and in boston as some of the heavier rain moves in and pulls out of the way. your weekend fly-by, shows much cooler air in the great la good news on the way it -- all the heavy rain has moved to the north and east. later this afternoon, cooler, drier air and a breezy afternoon ahead. 68-73 degrees with gradual clearing and wind gusts 25-30 miles per hour and tonight upper 40's and two marl plenty of
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and we are live in norfolk, virginia, this morning. we'll have more weather in the next half hour. robin? >> thank you, situation champion. we appreciate that. it's one of the hottest trends out there to take care of your safe. is it safe? in a just-released study, a look into the brazilian blowout. and found out the hair care product may have a carcinogen. andrea canning is here. >> reporter: this is worrisome because i've tried it myself. it really does work. i have to say. the company claims the product is formaldehyde-free. the government says otherwise. women across the country are buzzing about all kinds of new straightening treatments that cut blow drying in half, for
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one. calling them life-changing. from coarse hair to curls, frizz to fly-aways, until now, there were few options to get that smooth and sleek style. among them, flat irons, a salon blowout, or painful relaxers. now, word is spreading about a new wave of salon products that promise results. christian mansure and rodney douglas are hoping that the brazilian blowout will tame their hair. >> i don't want to wait the half hour of flat ironing, pin curling, blow drying, relaxing. >> and the frizziness comes back. and it's like -- >> reporter: the stylists applied the solution the company says on its website is made of amino acids and nutrients. >> the protein of your hair, makes nice shine. shiny, smooth.
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>> reporter: they then enfuse it into the hair, using heat from a flat iron. about 30 minutes into the treatment, crystal complained her eyes were burning. >> my eyes are really sensitive. it burns a little bit. i mean, when i get my hair colored, the same thing, as well. >> reporter: you think it's safe? >> absolutely. i know it's safe. >> reporter: just one day after the girls got the treatment, chemists at this government lab released findings that suggest otherwise. they tested the brazilian blowout solution from two salons, after some tile stylists in oregon complained of difficulty breathing, eye irritation and even nose bleeds. >> we found significant levels of formaldehyde. >> reporter: if a hair solution contains over 0.1% formaldehyde, the manufacturer is required to alert the stylists. the chemists say the samples they tested contained 8% to 10%. but what they say is even more disturbing, is brazil onblowout claims their product is
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formaldehyde-free. >> until employers are able to confirm that the product they have does not contain formaldehyde, they either should stop using it. or they should use it in accordance with the requirements of the formaldehyde standard. it would include masks, goggles. it could includes rep raters. >> reporter: the makers of brazilian blowout made this statement to "gma," saying, we stand behind the integrity of our product. and affirm that our professional solution is, indeed, formaldehyde-free. the government says it's standard practice to collect samples from work sites. back at the salon, ranya was happy with her results. >> look how soft it is. look how light it is. >> reporter: that are supposed to last up to 12 weeks. >> it's like bone-straight. it never gets this way. it never looks this polished. i can't believe my hair looks
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like this. >> reporter: and crystal called her before and after, life-changing. >> now, i can show it to the world. i'm just so excited. oh. this is really awesome. >> reporter: but the brazilian blowout isn't cheap. costing anywhere from $200 to $500. so, we tried a different treatment that you can do at home. garnier fructies. we found mixed reviews online. so, we had two of our abc employees, marissa and amanda, try it out. after a muggy and rainy day in new york city, we checked back in with the girls later. in a matter of hours, their hair had gone from fab to frizz. >> my hair is incredibly frizzy. it's huge. >> and it smells awful. it looks like i stuck my head in a light socket. >> reporter: i'm sorry. i wasn't expectling that.
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garnier responded to our results saying a customer if they have damaged hafr, curly or african-american hair. it's not meant to be a relaxer. they say very curly. and on the back of the box, that looks very curly to me. >> it does. back to the brazilian blowout. should we do this? >> osha, the government agency that did the test, they're most concerned about stylists being exposed to it every, single day. when i asked should women keep doing this, customers, they said we don't have a solid answer for you. it's more of a personal choice. you're not being exposed to the formaldehyde day after day. >> as you told us earlier, before this report, you had gone through the brazilian blowout. you swear by it. is it something you'd do again, though? knowing what you know now? >> i don't know. that's a hard question. i think i need to hear more about what happens with the tests and everything. but feel my hair, robin. it's so nice. >> that's really nice. >> that's after being outside in a muggy day with the rain.
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>> yeah. what are the products that you have here? >> one of the things that kind of annoyed me was they make you buy the products afterwards to prolong it. they're really expensive. i didn't know that was going to happen. and it's expensive to begin with. and you can go on the drugstore to get sulfate-free shampoo. when i went to the salon, the price was holding me back. they said $300. i said $250, otherwise i'm walking away. you can get a bargain, if you work at it. >> i talked to my stylist, who said no way. she had done the research. i was happy to have hair again. >> your hair's beautiful. it's a personal choice. do your homework on this one. >> that's it. i'm thinking of india.arie. i am not my hair. is the possibility of great hair
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this morning in our new series, "so there you are," another blast from the past. in the '90s, susan powter became fame us telling america to stop the insanity. she inspired millions to get in better shape. and made millions with infomercials and books. where is she now? ashleigh banfield went to find out. she is far, far away. >> some of the questions stick with us. like where is the beef? or you had me at hello. and this one, without question, anybody knows it, no matter how old they are. i tracked her down in new mexico. you'll be amazed about where she is, how she is living and how she looks. she reigned supreme as the undisputed queen of the infomercial. >> you can buy all of the cars, houses, makeup, jewelry. but if you wake up every day hating the way you look and feel, it means nothing. >> reporter: a multimillion-dollar dynamo. >> i'm going to the rooftop with this thing. and i hope you come with me.
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>> reporter: with that short, spikey hair, a fearless attitude, and that signature saying, one that had the whole country crying out with her. >> stop the insanity. >> reporter: her empire expanded beyond television, into all facets of media. with seven books. >> doing strength-training noup. >> reporter: from a woman that was a 265--pound housewive in the suburbs, had made herself into a household name. her stop the insanity approach to be fit and healthy, reportedly raked in close to $200 million. but that was then. >> what's happening now makes stop the insanity look like dress rehearsal. >> reporter: and this is susan today. far away from her former life in los angeles. now, living in what's called an earth ship, with her 12-year-old son, gabriel. a home completely off the grid, in the deep sage deserts of new mexico. there are no roads.
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just some well-beaten truck trails on what feels like a journey to the end of the earth. we are in the middle of nowhere. >> we're in the middle of everywhere. it's so exciting. >> reporter: we're off the grid. >> no electricity. no running water. solar everything. >> reporter: it's a very simple life. that is, until those six-inch stilettos walk you back to the outhouse. >> come on in. sit down. >> reporter: okay. i never thought in my 23 years of television, susan powter, i would sit in the outhouse with you in new mexico. >> there's very few people i would sit in an outhouse with. >> reporter: there's an amazing dichotomy between the susan powter dressed in black, with the spikey hair and the energy that never stops. and this extraordinarily quiet place. >> whatever. i am what i am. i want to be more of what i am. >> reporter: susan says she's content, living as an openly-gay woman, after two, failed marriages. >> everyone knows i'm gay. >> reporter: i don't know if
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anyone knows uruguay. you didn't talk about it in the '90s. >> i was -- no. i wasn't. i mean, i was, but i wasn't. everyone knows i'm gay. >> reporter: but living the simple life has come at a steep price. where is all that money? >> oh, the money's gone, sister sledge. my last legal bill was $6.5 million. >> reporter: the woman who once earned so much for so many, has little to show for it. after a series of battles with her old management, uneven profit-sharing, litigation and bankruptcy. but living out here in the vast desert has not dulled her inner fire. >> i'm enraged. i am volcanic. >> diets don't work. >> reporter: that's because 17 years after she first hit the airwaves, americans are fatter than ever. 64% of american women are now overnight. and the number of obese children has tripled in that time. we had john fonda. susan powter. richard simmons. we had billy banks, telling us for 20 years, get fit.
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be healthy. exercise. eat right. and we've never been more unhealthy or fat. >> you are exhausted. women of america, you are overworked, underpaid, buried alive in your own life. you're disconnected from your body. that's a terrible state to wake up in every day. >> reporter: today, susan's looks have morphed over the last two decades, is spreading her message on the internet, on blogs and web casts, urging people to pay more attention to what they're eating and how they're living. >> the solution is simple. eat whole, real foods. activate your body with fitness. it's really simple to be well. and it's the best -- it's the only thing that matters. >> reporter: what's it like being susan powter's son? >> my mother, she's a strange gal. but i love her. >> are you ready to stop the insanity? >> reporter: was the insanity then any different than the insanity now? >> everything is different as a 52-year-old woman. eat, breathe, move, is what i
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said years ago. and did it work? it worked. >> reporter: she's absolutely stunning and extraordinarily fit still. little-known fact, george, one of the things she likes to do most with her spare time, knitting. >> i would not have guessed that. >> and gardening. and midnight yoga. >> that one i believe. you mentioned the money. how does someone blow through $200 million. you would think the brand would remain solvent? >> that's what she has. the brand. and i asked her if she would use it. she says no. that would be cliche. i thought it would be, i told you. stop the insanity. >> we're out of time. ashleigh banfield, thanks very much. [ woman ] i don't want to feel depressed.
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>> live and in hd, this is an abc 7 news update. >> good morning. it is a the clock 27 and time for a look at traffic and weather to get it. it is not as complicated as it was yesterday but you will find changes on the vre/\. manassas trains are not running today but metrorail is a normal service. we will begin in maryland. this is traffic through germantown which is drying out. we will next go over to 270 with no delays from germantown to rockville to the beltway.
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the outer loop that no hampshire avenue has a stalled car toward university boulevard. i-395 northbound is good at edsall road and a brief delay at duke street. things are settling down at the pentagon. these guys are beginning to brighten a bit unpleasant conditions are expected later this afternoon. the rain is moving off to the north and sprinkles remain to the north of d.c. gradual clearing throughout the day with gusty winds up boards of 25 miles per hour. nighttime lows in the upper 40's and saturday it looks really nice, 65-70 degrees with partly cloudy skies st. mary's county public
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schools are closed today because of weather-related issues and virginia railway express' has canceled all manassas service because of problems with low- light and power lines over the tracks in alexandria. we will have another update at 8:56. for continuous news coverage, tune in to tbd news on news channel 8.
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♪ blame it on the rain blame it on the rain ♪ a little milli vanilli on this friday morning. "blame it on the rain." >> this was inspired by you. >> it's raining outside. i love milli vanilli. the two go hand in hand. it's october 1st. rabbit rabbit. >> all right. >> wait, wait. this is a first for george. dunwoody high school. the seventh year they've been here.
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seventh year dunwoody high's come here. >> well, welcome. every week, i get something. >> and good morning, everyone else. thank you. thank you very much. i love the weekend. i'm so happy about that. also coming up, we have sally field. yes. she's won an oscar. she's won an emmy. "brothers & sisters." you will not believe what she went through to get here in the rain. >> so happy she made it here. but not melissa clark. she is here, as well. have a good appetite. and she has great family-friendly recipes to kick off the weekend. first, i think sam has the weather. >> good morning, robin and george. it's a little breezy and cooler but a little drier in norfolk this morning. that will be the same case as we move up the eastern coast. let's show you what happens with the storm system. there's still another day of rain for northern new england. we feel like a lot of this will
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pull away by the time we get through, or certainly into the weekend. but there will be very heavy rain in the boston area. also into portland, maine, later today. and we'll have strong, gusty winds. 50-mile-per-hour, 60-mile-per-hour wind there's. rain in the forecast, if we had to pin it down, the problem with this rain is it can be one to two inches of rain an hour in some locations. and then, just a light rain in others. there are areas that will pick up two to four inches of rain by the time gradual clearing throughout the morning and afternoon. it is a cold day compared to yesterday, 68-73 and try to night. 2 mar looking great. this first weekend in october will also bring some of the coldest air of the season to the midwest and back in the northeast.
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george? >> thank you, sam. there are new developments in that troubling story of the new jersey college student who took his own life. new postings discovered online show tyler clementi knew his roommate at rutgers university was spying on him. and using a web cam to put the sexual encounters he had with men online. now, prosecutors are considering bringing stiffer charges against the students that are charged with invading his privacy. joining us now, is jim. you bring a new perspective. as a former governor of new jersey. also, a man that struggled with his sexuality for a long time. what's your rationale on this? >> filled with great sadness and pain. i think so many lgbt youths. >> lesbian gay -- >> yes, i'm sorry. lesbian and gay youth, transgender youth. unlike being greek-american or irish-american, you grow up with certain stories or narratives.
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and you understand who and what it is by the stories being transmitted from your parents and grandparents. but coming to terms with your sexual orientation is very much an individual journey. you look at your father and mother and they're happy. and god willing, they're in love. and you grapple with your own inclinations, your own innate desires. and you say to yourself, i'm different. i'm distinct. and then, as i did, you go to your local library. you read about what your church says. and then, i felt, you know, very damning messages. and it's not something that one wants to ready embrace. >> to see tyler clementi. in this story, he was trying to find a community online. but at the same time, basically, being terrorized. >> yeah. >> online, by roommates. >> and technology has its own sad travail. but i think for so many young gay americans, it's still all that much difficult. whether we look at television and screens in acceptance, it's
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still a personal journey. and when someone finds someone loving and welcoming, within his or her own perimeter. >> you know, what surprised me about this is, you know, there's no question that homosexuality is being more accepted in the country. yet, at the same time, for these young people, they seem to be the victims of more hate crimes. and seem to be especially vulnerable. >> well, i think homosexuality is being accepted broadly. but when you go to the local high school -- and high schools are filled with the census of conformity and peer pressure. and adolescence is a difficult time itself, that the adage, uruguay, compounds. and with technology and virtual forwards, you have new avenues of castigating someone because of whatever. i think this is actually a very difficult time.
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you know, perhaps, political leaders, et cetera, policy leaders, social networks, accept the notion of homosexuality of being normal or normative. but for many adolescents in many parts of the country, this young man in new jersey, one would not readily think he would sense those pressures. but he did. >> when you were governor, you passed some laws to help deal with this kind of behavior. should more be done now? >> more has to be done. we need to hold adults accountable. i had the opportunity to meet with some young teenagers throughout the country. and you listen to their stories. stories where they were castigated, where they were humiliated. and unfortunately, administrators and schoolteachers did very little. on one hand, we want to change people's hearts, george. i think fundamentally when people know a gay person or recognize that love is love, that changes their reaction. but i also believe we need to have strong, clear legislation that holds adults accountable when children err in their ways.
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>> hold adults accountable? >> yes. >> what would that look like? >> what we did in the state of new jersey is hold principals accountable, schoolteachers accountable. we don't tolerate racism, ant anti-semitism. we know that's fundamentally wrong. unfortunately, we give off the message in our society, that gay discrimination is, in some sense, tolerable. so, it's not only morally wrong. but it won't be tolerated. and there's consequences for that happening. >> okay. jim mcgreevey, thanks very m
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actress sally field has done it all. gracing the big and small screens. she's won two oscars, three emmys. and with one of those emmys coming for her role as nora walker on abc's "brothers &
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sisters." the show just kicked off its fifth season. we're happy to have sally back with us. >> thanks, robin. >> it's a joy to have you here. it was tough getting here. >> it was. it was really glamorous. the car didn't show. whatever time it was this morning, cold. this hair was once very straight. we were literally -- we were running down broadway. i had my black tennis shoes, thank goodness. we looked like -- we actually looked like we belonged on broadway. >> you are such a trooper. i know you're very excited. i can't believe it's already the fifth season. >> i know. i can't believe it, either. until i realize how tired i am. then, i kind of get it. yeah. so many -- i mean, we're like -- we're like all the families in america, i think. most of the families. we're feeling a lot of changes happening to us. and in "brothers & sisters" the walker family is going through a lot of changes. >> and a change for momma
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walker. >> really change. well, her economic situation has changed a great deal, like the rest of america. and she's faced with having to go to work. >> yeah. and the first time she's had to do that. so, she's trying to keep it a secret from the family. >> yeah. >> but she's not doing too well. here's the clip. "brothers & sisters." >> hi. i physically asked you never to call me on this home number. well, why is mrs. powell crying? i have plenty of time to get to her house and arrange all of the bouquets. 3:00. no wonder she's trying. tell her i'll be there in 15 minutes. i thought you understood my wanting to keep this private. i'm sorry. i'm sorry. i snapped at you. it's just awkward. i haven't told my family yet. >> yeah. i think they know now. an exfreedomly close cast. >> yes. >> that's not always the case.
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>> no. that's what i hear. i think we've been so blessed. it's like we're married to these people. or something. wait a minute. i'm the mother. >> that could be a different story line. >> yeah. we spend all day long, every day, together. and we are still crazy about each other. and matthew rhys, who plays kevin, my middle son, is directing this episode. he directed some last year. and he's really so good. but we're all -- we're all so supportive. it just feels a little weird. >> because it's not always the case with casts because it -- >> i heard. >> you do spend a lot of time together. and you said they'll probably shock when the series runs its course, she's not our mom, really? >> they all call me -- matthew calls me mummy. they call me mom and mummy and mother dear. after a while, i go, wait a
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minute. wait a minute. let's really think about this. i'm not your mother. >> but you do have three, great sons. >> i do. i have three grown sons. and three grandchildren. and another one on the way. so, i've got, like, my own little brood. >> and two of your three sons kind of followed you in the business. and they don't want to play on the name. nobody really knows. >> no. my sons who are in the biz, in reality, i'm not allowed to talk about them. and they don't -- like one of them, my middle son had a film at sundance and i wasn't allowed to go. they don't -- they want to have their own identity. and they do, now. you know? my oldest son is a successful screen writer. most of the people he works with have no clue that his -- that he has any showbiz parents. >> and your youngest son wants to do what i did back in the day. be a sportscaster.
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>> yes. he graduates from nyu this semester. that's hard. >> so much fun. >> there have to be 12 of them in the entire world. maybe sam will be one of them. >> tell him to give me a call. >> i will. believe me, i will. >> that's good. what a good mother to do. one thing in looking, sally -- and i didn't know this. we had you on the program a few times now. you really didn't want to do "the flying nun"? >> good, god no. would you? >> it was such a big hit. >> i was -- what? i was 19. i was just 19 years old. and, you know, i wanted to go to new york to be a starving actor, like all the good actors. and i -- i was offered this show. and offered it and offered it and offered it. i kept saying no, i really can't. i don't want to do this. i don't want to do this. i don't want to be dressed in a nun's habit all day every day. and it was stupid anyway. come on. it was stupid. >> it was creative and clever.
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and i didn't realize you were the butt of some jokes back in the day. >> oh, yeah. >> look at you now. with your oscar and emmy. >> really. the butt of anything. >> you showed them. you showed them, sally. thank you. and thank you again for getting here this morning. >> absolutely. it just makes you glad you're alive. >> your youngest, give me a call. >> okay. >> have a great weekend. and we're going to spend the weekend watching "brothers & sisters." it airs sunday night. sisters." it airs sunday night. see that transit
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in "america's recipes" this morning, we have easy weeknight dinners. with parents on the go, simple recipes to make everyone happy. happy we have melissa clark here this morning. she writes one of my favorite columns in "the new york times,"
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"the favorite appetite." it's good to see you. and you've dlab rated with so many of the top chefs in the country. but this book is really about your passion. >> exactly. the thing is, i've written books with so many chefs. and i realized that i just had a baby two years ago. she's still my baby. and cooking for a kid and my husband, and a family, is completely different. a completely different skill set. everything i learn from the chefs, i use. but the quick, the simple foods, that's the stuff i use every day. >> that's what's so great about your column. you do it every thursday. >> wednesday. wednesday. >> in "the new york times." and you go into your cupboard. and find something that give a normal recipe, with a little twist to make it special. >> that's the thing about it. i don't know about you, but i'm kind of disorganized. i have a lot of things going on. i'm working full-time. after work, i'm making dinner, every, single night.
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oh, my god. i bought the chicken. here it is. what am i going to do with it? and i go in the cabinet. that's when i start to get really creative. and the thing about it is, anyone can do it. >> you have a well-stocked spice cabinet. >> a well-stocked spice cabinet. stuff in the freezer. >> what do we have here? >> this is one of my daughter's favorite dishes. i'm a food writer. ly eat anything. i've eat en tarantula on a stic. but my child won't eat chicken. i made her these chicken fingers that have a lot of flavor to them. the girl loves garlic. the girl loves spice. she doesn't like a bland, roast chicken. this is ground chicken right here. i add garlic, okay? first thing. luckily, i have a garlic-loving kid. i add scallions. you can add whatever. you can add whatever you love. do you love garlic? >> i like the garlic. >> this is cilantro. these are all of the spices. cilantro.
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all-spice. sin moore gicinnamon gives it a pretty perfume. >> is that pepper? >> it's cayenne. >> wow. >> my hands are very clean. i just washed them. this is the best way to do it. you have to get in there. mix everything together. and you see, normally, if i have a lot of time, which i never do, i will spend five or six minutes and make the cute, little fingers. your kid can pick them up. >> she can help. >> not with the raw chicken. not yet. her fingers are constantly in her mouth. as soon as she's 3, i'm going to put that girl to work. so, if you don't -- instead of spending five minutes, if you want to do this in one minute, do this. tyke it o take it out. make a little loaf. >> how long do you bake it for? >> these take two to three minutes in the broiler.
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this one takes five. >> that will be cooked through in five minutes? >> and do it as long as your pan. you can do it on a diagonal. it gives you extra length. this will be done in five minutes. when it comes out of the oven, cut it into slices. >> we have about a minute left. a salad that go with it? >> george, will you toss? >> i will happy toss. >> before you put it in? >> exactly. you can use any oil. this is hazel nut oil. have you ever had hazelnut oil? nut oils are great it's something different your family probably hasn't had. a touch of vinegar. >> and you sprinkle on the hazelnuts. >> i'm not going to touch it. >> 15 seconds or so to do dessert. >> pie, you guys. peanut butter pie. >> everybody's excited about it. >> great for a bake sale. you don't need to bake it. this is peanut butter cream and cream cheese.
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so, it's just us, sharyn. robin had to run. sam's fighting the floods down there. hope you have a great weekend. big week next week on "good morning america." bruce willis is going to be here. jane seymour's going to be here. diane lane's going to be here. they're all going to join us live next week. hope you have a great weekend. take care. >> live and in hd, this is an abc 7 news update.
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>> good morning at 8:56 prius 8 maris public county schools are closed. all manassas line service has been cancelled on vre. things are saddling down big time. 270, the beltway in maryland, after braddock road, you will slow down. that is normal. 95 in virginia looks great. look at georgia avenue leaving viers mill road, there is a stalled vehicle blocking the left-hand lane. a better day ahead compared to yesterday. all the rain is moving toward the north and east toward new york city and boston garden. across the immediate area, the
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skies are beginning to brighten. 68-73 degrees for daytime highs with gradual clearing and it will be a breezy day. tonight, quiet and dry, 48-55 and tomorrow the temperature will be 65-70 degrees with wins at of the north and a chance of showers late in the day on sunday. >> give for watching. we will be back at noon.
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